Welcome to the Mental Health Toolbox

Easy to understand resources to improve your mental health!

How to help a loved one

Shock? Horror? Fear? How do you respond when someone you love is struggling with mental illness? Well here are a few ways not to respond! “They are just crazy!” “What did I do wrong?” “Snap out of it!” “You just have to push through.” “Get over yourself.” “Stop being...

Suicide

I’ve done several live videos discussing how to address suicide. However, I wanted to compile this information into a resource that would be easily accessible for quick reference. Here are the definitions used by the National Institute for Mental Health Suicide is...

Anxiety

Anxiety is the most common mental disorder. It is the overreaction to perceived threats, stress, and problems. There are four main categories for anxiety. Below we’ll explore each of them in detail. More information can be found in the DSM-5 and the National Institute...

Depression

Depression is a tricky disease. Sometimes it can be caused by an underlying physical problem or  by a traumatic event. Sometimes there is no discernible cause of depression. There are a few different types of depression, each with varying symptoms and levels of...

Sleep

Sleep is an incredibly important part of our mental health. When we sleep, our brain is allowed to reset; it processes information, memories, thoughts, and emotions. Nourishing sleep is key to optimal brain health and mental well-being. The following are...

Relaxation

Relaxation is a key component of restoring the brain and body. When we deal with stress, our bodies go into a different state. It goes into a survival state. The body relies on an instinctive emergency response system that allows you to respond quickly and efficiently...

“But I’m afraid!”

Why do we feel fear? I’ve heard that women are naturally more fearful than men. I don’t actually believe that this is true. I believe that women are perhaps more vocal about their fear then men.  I’ve noticed that men are more likely to respond with anger rather than...

Finding a good doctor checklist

Hello Friends, I have noticed a theme in my life recently and wanted to share my thoughts with all of you. For those of you who don’t know, I work part time as a mental health nurse practitioner. I love my job and feel incredibly honored that patients trust me with...

Seasonal Depression

I woke up one day exhausted. I had slept for 10 hours but still felt drained. I told my husband, “I’m not sure what’s wrong. I cannot seem to wake up.” I felt fatigued, sad, and couldn’t seem to get my life together. Seasonal Affective Disorder or Seasonal Depression...

Emotions and Boundaries

I’ve been stewing about this post for a while. I have been trying to find the words to say what I’ve been thinking. I’ve narrowed my thoughts down to three points. Emotions are powerful. Emotions are like tools. They can be used for evil or good, but aren’t inherently...

Feeling Anxious?

Yesterday I was feeling anxious. Perhaps you can relate? I was short tempered with my kids. It seemed like every little thing that could possibly go wrong did, including one child spilling cream all over the kitchen floor and the other children getting into a...